Science gives students the opportunity to access a wealth of knowledge and information, which will contribute to an overall understanding of how and why things work. Science enables students to be able to explain the mechanics and reasons behind everyday phenomena and the workings of complex systems like the human body.
As a practical subject, it also provides tactile or visible proof of the many facts and ideas we read about in books or see on the television; this helps to increase understanding and improves their ability to retain complex information.
Science instils a sense of intrigue and enables students to develop an enquiring mind, forming questions based on both the knowledge they already have and the insight they wish to gain in the future. Students who excel in science lessons are likely to develop a strong ability to think critically.
Key Stage 3
At key stage 3 the science department offers opportunities for pupils to:
- build on their scientific knowledge and understanding from KS2 and make connections between different areas of science;
- use scientific ideas and models to explain phenomena and events;
- understand a range of familiar applications of science;
- think about the advantages and drawbacks of scientific and technological developments for the environment and in other contexts, considering the reasons for different opinions;
- carry out investigations of different types, on their own and in groups, making use of reference sources and evaluating their work;
- communicate what they did and its significance;
- learn how scientists work and the importance of experimental evidence in supporting scientific ideas.
KS3 students are taught a combined science curriculum where they cover units in all three disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. At Trinity we follow schemes of work using the “Exploring Science” course. Currently, Year 9 students start GCSE in January, but as of September 2017, we will be following a two year KS3 and beginning GCSE at the start of Year 9.
There are also many other opportunities for further science learning during KS3 in the form of co-curricular clubs, science competitions and challenges and a range of activities that pupils can experience during dedicated science weeks throughout the year.
Key Stage 4
Students follow the Edexcel programme of study. Students will either complete the Combined Science GCSE (worth two GCSEs) or Separate Sciences leading to GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Further details of the specifications can be found on the Edexcel website.
Science at GCSE aims to:
- develop students’ understanding of the science around them that affects them in their everyday life.
- develop students’ questioning, analytical and evaluative approach to scientific problems and issues.
- develop students’ practical skills in science.
- encourage enthusiasm about science leading to continued study.
Science at GCSE is a lot more complex than at Key Stage 3, so encourage your child to use different coloured pens and paper to make revision more fun, and get involved with quizzes and tests to see if the information has sunk in.
Tips and tricks to help with science: a quick guide
Ask questions or ‘brain-teasers’ to help encourage your child to be inquisitive.
- Conduct simple and fun science experiments at home.
- Find online resources you can access together.
- Let your child watch science programmes or documentaries with you in order to spark their interest. There are also science books and magazines that could help build on their curiosity. “Focus” and “How Science Works” magazines are colourful and easy to read and complement some of the topics studied in class.
Revision Guides and Workbooks will be available to buy to help facilitate revision and aid learning in the classroom. As this is a new GCSE, these will be available as and when they are published.